Abraham Lincoln

The Abraham Lincoln Award: Illinois’ Grades 9-12 Readers’ Choice Award

The Abraham Lincoln Readers’ Choicelincoln-award Award winner is awarded to the book from that year’s master list that earns the highest number of student votes.

For a book to reach the master list, adult and young adult fiction and non-fiction titles must be nominated by teachers or librarians and vetted by the nominations committee. While the popularity of a particular title is important, the overall quality of the work is of primary importance. Each year, a panel of high school librarians, teachers, public librarians and students determines the final master list of twenty titles. For more information on this award, visit the ISLMA website.


Click on the titles below to view the primary source pairings:

100 Sideways Miles, written by Andrew Smith

All the Bright Places, written by Jennifer Niven

Bone Gap, written by Laura Ruby

The Boy in the Black Suit, written by Jason Reynolds

Caged Warrior, written by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

Challenger Deep, written by Neal Shusterman, illustrations by Brendan Shusterman

A Court of Thorns and Roses, written by Sarah J. Maas

Emmy & Oliver, written by Robin Benway

Fake ID, written by Lamar Giles

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, written by Matthew Quick

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, written by Isabel Quintero

Grave Mercy, written by Robin LaFevers

I Am Malala, written by Malala Yousafzai

Laughing at My Nightmare, written by Shane Burcaw

The Naturals, written by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

October Mourning, written by Leslea Newman

Prisoner of Night and Fog, written by Anne Blankman

Red Queen, written by Victoria Aveyard

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, written by Becky Albertalli

Through the Woods, written by Emily Carroll